While the potential impacts of climate change on the coastlines of New England have been well studied, new research continues to provide valuable information for assessing how we can quantify and respond to those impacts and begin to address uncertainties in extent and timing.
This EBC series of three programs will examine the latest scientific research on sea level rise and the influence of climate change on storms, provide overviews of regional modeling studies, summarize the latest strategies for adaptation planning and provide examples of ongoing adaptation efforts, and provide an insurance industry perspective on approaching risk and uncertainty.
This first session in the EBC Climate Change series sets the stage for the following two EBC sessions. The first session will focus on the Science, Modeling, and Implications of sea level rise due to climate change. The first two speakers will summarize the most up to date science and studies regarding climate change and sea level rise scenarios. The second group of experts will focus on the technical aspects of modeling coastal climate change impacts and how these models can help predict and plan for the impacts of sea level rise brought on by climate change. Then the third group of experts will discuss the implications of sea level rise, including discussion of current projects and initiatives that are being undertaken in the region to plan for climate change issues. This session features leading industry experts that are deeply involved with climate change, sea-level rise, and resiliency issues facing our communities. Finally, the program will wrap up with a facilitated discussion regarding climate change issues in New England.
The second program in the series will be held on:
- June 9, 2016 – Resilience and Adaptation: Priorities, Latest Developments
And the third program in the series will be held on:
- July 12, 2016 – Insurance Industry Perspective on Risk Related to Climate Change
General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.
- Scott Turner, P.E., AICP, LEEP AP ND, Director of Planning, Nitsch Engineering
- Kirk Bosma, Team Leader/Coastal Engineer, Woods Hole Group
- Pamela DiBona, Executive Director, Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program (MassBays)
- Kerry A. Emanuel, Professor of Atmospheric Science, MIT
- Jan Greenwood, Vice President, Woodard and Curran
- Roselle Henn, Deputy Director, National Planning Center for Coastal Storm Risk Management, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- Christopher Little, Ph.D., Staff Scientist, Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc (AER)
The available presentations from the EBC Climate Change Program Series: Part One – The Science, Modeling, and Implications of Climate Change for Coastal New England completed on May 13, 2016, can be viewed below. Presentations are not available for download.